Breast water for Viennese workers

The "Viennese Maria," latest creation of social critic and artist Milan Mijalkovic, features a gigantic water-spouting breast protruding from the back of a truck.

Roxane Seckauer
Roxane Seckauer Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Wiener Maria. Milanmijalkovic.com

Why this story matters:

On the side of the truck, one can read in large black letters: 

"Illegal worker, illegal worker, have some water."

Milan Mijalkovic, who has been living in Vienna since 2000, wants his latest work to represent "the breast of capitalism," because it both feeds and disempowers workers.

The 36-year-old artist assembled his piece in a working district of Vienna, where illegal workers offer services as bricklayers, electricians, etc. His goal is to shed light on the socio-political imbalance of the labor market. On the sides of the truck, there are also excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

"Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment."

Details from the story:

  • Artist Milan Mijalkovic (36) was born in Macedonia and has been living in Vienna since 2000.
  • He first came into contact with illegal workers in 2013, when he worked on another art project. 
  • Since then, he has remunerated the workers for appearances in the Kunstraum several times.
  • Many of his works are a critique of modern society.
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